Youth serves Garnet Valley in win over Ridley

Garnet Valley’s Neel Beniwal, right, shoots over Ridley’s Nasir Santiago Friday night. Beniwal scored 20 points to lead the Jaguars to a 64-55 win over the Green Raiders. (Pete Bannan/Digital First Media)

By Matthew DeGeorge

The clock showed 1:51 when Greg Vlassopoulos, Garnet Valley’s leading scorer this young season, attempted his first field goal of the third quarter. Yet in that first six-plus minutes, as the senior wing turned his attention elsewhere on the court Friday night, the Jags saw their lead balloon from seven to an ultimately decisive 15 points.The reason, as a boisterous Garnet Valley student section eagerly pointed out, was a pair of players who are sophomores.

Neel Beniwal scored a career-high 20 points, and Carl Schaller added 13 as Garnet Valley hung on late in the face of Ridley’s incessant press for a 64-55 Central League win.

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